April 25, 2013

DU hosts first NCAC Golf event

Denison University will host the first of two North Coast Athletic Conference Championship Series events on April 27-28 at Granville Golf Course in Granville, Ohio.  The 36-hole tournament will be combined with next weekend’s 36-hole tournament, hosted by Ohio Wesleyan, to determine the 2013 NCAC Champions in men’s and women’s golf.

The Big Red women’s team will be paired up with golfers from DePauw, Wittenberg and Allegheny on Saturday.  The first golfer from each team will tee off on the first hole at 10:24 a.m.

The DU women’s team is led by three-time NCAC Golfer of the Week, Brynn FitzGerald.  In her first-collegiate season, FitzGerald has been one of the most consistent golfers in the conference, finishing in the top-5 in six of her seven events.  She has won medalist honors three times, including a five-hole playoff victory at the Laura Bump Invitational on April 14.  On two separate occasions, FitzGerald has fired a school-record round of 75.

Also setting the pace for Denison are sophomores Amanda Castle and Stacey Adams.  Castle, a second-team All-NCAC selection a year ago, has finished in the top-10 in four of six tournaments which includes two top-5 finishes.  Adams also has four top-10 performances, highlighted by a second-place finish in a two-round match against SUNY-Cortland at Barefoot Landing in North Mrytle Beach, S.C.  Both Castle and Adams have fired career-best rounds of 79 this season.

On the men’s side, Denison will play alongside DePauw, Wooster and Kenyon on Saturday morning.  Each team’s first golfer will tee off at 9:40 a.m. on hole No. 10.

The Big Red is led by former NCAC Golfer of the Week, Aaron Klimchuk.  A two-time second-team All-NCAC selection, Klimchuk has four top-5 performances and fired two par or better rounds this season.  The junior shot a career-best 69 in the final round of the Rosencrans Maurere Invitational (Oct. 7), and carded an even-par round of 70 en route to earning medalist honors at the Muskingum Spring Invitational.

Also leading the DU charge are sophomores Dylan Francis and Jimmy Slovitt.  Francis earned second-team all-conference honors last year after finishing in a tie for 12th place.  Francis logged two top-10 finishes this season and fired a season-best 72 in the opening round of the Muskingum Spring Invitational.  Slovitt has three top-10 performances, highlighted by second-place finish at the Myrtle Beach Shootout.  The sophomore also finished in a tie for third place at the Rosencrans Memorial Invitational where he shot a career-low 69 in the first round.

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